Sketch 101 Saturdays 12-3pm

Sketch 101: Sketch Comedy Writing

Prerequisites
Scheduled Saturdays 12-3pm
Start Date Sep 14, 2019, 12:00pm
Price $450
Class Size 12 students
Sessions 8 sessions, 3 hours each
This course is an introduction to the UCB philosophy on sketch comedy, specifically using "the game" to write short comedic scenes. Each week students will engage in writing exercises that will explore different sketch formats. Students will be exposed to different methods for turning funny ideas into even funnier written sketches. Students will leave the class with an understanding of popular sketch formats and a portfolio of writing.

No prior sketch writing experience is necessary -- the only requirement for this class is a desire to write and learn. Students should have access to a computer and printer and be prepared to work outside of class, preparing sketches for presentation in every class. Students will be required to see two live sketch shows before the end of the course.

Class Size: 12 Students
Note: Meets October 12, a holiday weekend.

Damian Chadwick, teacher

Damian Chadwick Damian Chadwick is a writer from Northern California. He was a writer for the first five years of Maude Night, with the teams The President, Mixtape 98, Dinner and the legendary Gramps. In his estimation, he’s spent at least 8.5 hundred dollars on props. He directed Maude teams Neighbor Boy, Estevez and Goodbye Handsome, and has taught many of the writers you see on Maude Night right now. He’s written for Sketch Cram, John Milhiser’s Comedy Shorts podcast, the Atlantic Theater Company, and Funny or Die, along with numerous bit shows and sketch videos (or “skit vids” to use the current lingo) (this is not current lingo). He’s currently writing Moon Valley, a 30-minute pilot about a supernatural town in Northern California, appearing on a screen near you soon; and consulting with Andrea Jones-Rooy’s show Political Circus. He’s performed improv with (among others) The Improvised Philip K. Dick and indie team Sherpa, where he got to play a sea hag with the original sea hag, Aubrey Plaza. You can monitor his emotional well-being on the usual social media websites, but be aware there’s a British football promoter in the UK with his same exact name, who rudely declined his Facebook friend request.

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